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Ideal location assets and innovative growth

A dynamic economic region stretching from the busy Berlin environs to the south of the city and right up to the municipalities around Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) – this is the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg. Its excellent infrastructure, first-class business locations, innovative technology centers and motivated skilled workforce make it an ideal company location. Be it global corporations, medium-sized companies or startups – the company landscape of the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg is just as diverse as the industries represented here.

Dynamic economic development

The Airport Region Team is a cooperation of the two business development agencies, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB) and is focused on economically strengthening the region around Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). With headquarters directly at BER Airport, we are the first point of contact for companies interested in opening new branches or offices in the region.

Our close cooperation with the respective industry experts of each economic development agency means that we can support you with all your questions regarding company expansions and settlements.

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With the highest gross domestic product and largest population in the European Union, Germany is Europe’s most important market and a coveted location when it comes to international investments. With Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) the region benefits from a European air traffic hub and a business environment that stands out thanks to many location assets. Companies from many different industries already enjoy the benefits of the growing German capital region.

 

High-growth and innovative industries characterize the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg. Multinational, medium-sized companies and startups benefit from extraordinary cooperation possibilities and excellent industry and science networks.

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The Airport Region Team's key services include advising on settlement projects and expansion investments in the region's growth industries, providing information on developments in the area surrounding the airport, and acting as an intermediary to the relevant business development agency in Berlin or Brandenburg. You will receive information and contacts on available commercial space, skilled workers and managers, as well as financing and funding opportunities.

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Find out about commercial and residential real estate project developments and the latest company relocations. Discover the latest news on growth sectors and economic clusters as well as research in the Berlin Brandenburg Airport region. Find out what makes the German capital region so special and a magnet for business. Don't want to miss out? Then subscribe to our free newsletter.

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The BER airport operator, project developers, boroughs and municipalities are partners of the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg brand alliance. The “Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg” label stands for a broad and varied range of excellently developed, premium premises for industry and trade with Germany’s lowest business tax rate, as well as ideal transport conections in the direct and greater vicinity of BER Airport.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in becoming a partner.

 

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Find the right location for your company - whether in the immediate vicinity of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in Berlin's city center or in one of Brandenburg's central industrial parks or freight centers.

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Find out more about important events in the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg as well as where to meet our team face-to-face at international conferences and trade fairs.

 

Please contact us to receive more information or to make an appointment.

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Discover the region's growing industries, recent company relocations, and exciting real estate projects in the immediate and wider vicinity of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). Gain insight into the companies in the region, news from cross-state industry clusters, and their dynamic development.

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is the heart of the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg and its gateway to the world. Many companies consider the direct connections between economic markets and growth industries as significant success factors and location assets. With flights to over 130 destinations the international BER airport connects the capital region with cities in Europe, Asia, and North America. Not least it offers shorter flight times to Asian destinations compared to e.g. Paris and London.

A business location with many advantages.

"The region around BER airport is developing into one of the outstanding business locations in the German capital region." Dr. Steffen Kammradt (Wirtschaftsförderung Brandenburg, CEO)

"We are already registering concrete settlement projects that can be traced back to the international airport. This knock-on effect will only increase because the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg is extremely attractive for investors." Dr. Stefan Franzke (Berlin Partner, CEO)

 

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Science Highlight - Superstore MXene: New proton hydration structure determined

MXenes are able to store large amounts of electrical energy like batteries and to charge and discharge rather quickly like a supercapacitor. They combine both talents and thus are a very interesting class of materials for energy storage. The material is structured like a kind of puff pastry, with the MXene layers separated by thin water films. A team at HZB has now investigated how protons migrate in the water films confined between the layers of the material and enable charge transport. Their results have been published in the renowned journal Nature Communications and may accelerate the optimisation of these kinds of energy storage materials.

One of the biggest challenges for a climate-neutral energy supply is the storage of electrical energy. Conventional batteries can hold large amounts of energy, but the charging and discharging processes take time. Supercapacitors, on the other hand, charge very quickly but are limited in the amount of stored energy. Only in the last few years has a new class of materials been discussed that combines the advantages of batteries with those of supercapacitors, named pseudocapacitors.

Promising materials: Pseudocapacitors

Among pseudocapacitive materials, so-called MXenes consisting of a large family of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides appear particularly promising. Their structure resembles a puff pastry, with the individual layers separated by a thin film of water that enables the transport of charges. Titanium carbide MXenes, especially, are conductive and their layered structure combined with highly negatively-charged hydrophilic surfaces offers a unique material in which positively charged ions such as protons can diffuse very efficiently. The MXenes used in this study were synthesized in the group of Prof. Yury Gogotsi in Drexel University, USA.

Charge transport examined

Over the last years, this property has been used to store and release energy from protons at unprecedented rates in acidic environment. It remains though unclear if the charges are mostly stored based on proton adsorption at the MXene surface or through desolvation of proton in the MXene interlayer.

Confinement effect expected

Due to its two-dimensional geometry, the 2-3 layer thick water film trapped between the MXene layers is expected to solvate protons differently from bulk water that we classically know. While this confinement effect is supposed to play a role in the fast diffusion of protons inside MXene materials, it has been impossible until now to characterise protons inside a MXene electrode during charging and discharging.

Vibrational modes analysed – Team HZB succeeded

The team led by Dr. Tristan Petit at HZB has now succeeded in doing this for the first time by analysing vibrational modes of protons excited by infrared light. Postdoctoral researcher Dr Mailis Lounasvuori has developed an operando electrochemical cell that she used to analyse protons and water inside titanium carbide MXenes at BESSY II during the charging and discharging processes. In the process, she also succeeded in distilling out the special signature of the protons in the confined water between the MXene layers.

"These vibrational patterns are very different from those we would observe for protons in a three-dimensional water environment," says Mailis Lounasvuori. "The fact that water molecules absorb infrared radiation particularly strongly while MXene emits very low amount of light in this energy range made IR spectroscopy ideally suited to our question," Petit explains.

Fast diffusion explained

This unusual hydration structure, showing that protons are solvated by less water molecules under confinement than in bulk water, suggest that proton de-solvation upon intercalation between MXene layers may contribute to pseudocapacitive energy storage in acidic environment. It may also explain why protons diffuse particularly fast within MXene materials, which is related to their fast dis/charging time. Beyond energy storage applications, this work shows that MXenes are an ideal platform to investigate fundamental properties of confined chemical species, which certainly have other new chemical properties that remains to be discovered.

This technique will be further applied to other types of cations beyond protons (such as Li+ ion) diffusing inside MXene materials to unravel new pseudocapacitive energy storage mechanisms within the framework of an ERC Starting Grant awarded in 2020.

Energized

For the German capital region, the energy technology sector plays a significant role in the national energy supply and its structural transformation towards renewable energies. Berlin and Brandenburg lead in many areas and are pioneers on both the national and European stages. They represent the biggest practice lab for electromobility in Germany and are home to the highest amount of solar energy research and development in Europe.

For more information on the economic development of the region's growth industries, business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions, please contact:

Melanie Gartzke I melanie.gartzke(at)airport-region.de

 

Source: Press release HZB “Superstore MXene: New proton hydration structure determined”, March 16, 2023

Interviews with the partners of our brand alliance.

Our brand alliance partners, experienced and long-standing players in the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg, gave us short interviews in which they explained their views on the region's development potential and its locational advantages. They also gave us an insight into their future projects and plans.

 

Berlin: Gateway to the world

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is the heart of the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg and its gateway to the world. Many companies consider the direct connections between economic markets and growth industries as significant success factors and location assets. With flights to over 130 destinations the international BER airport connects the capital region with cities in Europe, Asia, and North America. Not least it offers shorter flight times to Asian destinations compared to e.g. Paris and London.  

In addition to our flight route map, you will find a PDF list of all current flight connections.
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